Austin Listi’s dream of being a major league ballplayer took another step forward on Wednesday afternoon as the Philadelphia Phillies chose the Dallas Baptist star in the 17th round. Whether number one or number 503 as Listi was, the opportunity is the same for all. Just ask guys like Kenny Lofton, Ian Kinsler and Orel Hershiser, all of whom were selected in the 17th round and left their part mark on the majors.
The former Huffman high school star rewrote the DBU record book after returning from training to be a Navy Seal
was cut short a high blood pressure diagnosis. Listi leaves as the all-time home run king at DBU (53) and slugging 24 home runs (single season record) in fourth best in the nation. His plus .700 slugging percentage was 12th best in the nation. In addition, Listi etched his name at the top of four other career statistical categories including games played (236), starts (230), at-bats (872), and runs scored (198). He had the second most doubles (68) and total bases (499), ranked third in RBI (186), and compiled the seventh best slugging percentage (.572) in the school’s Division I era.
According to his family, Listi will head to Florida for a physical and mini-camp before heading to Williamsport, PA to begin short season A ball. The Crosscutters season begins on Tuesday June 20, 2017.
Huffman athletic director Mike McEachern, a Phillies fan since the days of Lenny Dykstra was excited to see not just Listi get the call but Keller as well.
“What an honor to know this young man (Listi) and the path he has taken to reach this goal. He was a hard worker who did the right thing on and off the field. I texted him and told him congratulations, I have always been a Phillies fan since HS when I use to watch Lenny Dykstra and pretend to be him. I found out from Coach Sample in a text that he had been drafted and then started watching/listening to see when Stephen Keller would be selected. I was actually watching it live when the Reds selected Stephen and I’m so happy and thrilled to have watch them grow up in Huffman.”
Huffman Falcons right-hander Stephen Keller became one of 21 Texas players drafted straight out of high school in the 2017 MLB Draft that concluded on Wednesday. The LSU commit whose fastball has been clocked in the low to mid 90’s was picked in the 35th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Huffman pitching coach Troy Sample had this to say about the young hurler.
I was extremely excited for him. He is a kid who is very gifted on the mound.
Not only is he gifted, but he has also put in the work to better himself. He would work extremely hard at practice, and then go to a personal trainer after practice to take care of his arm and lift weights.
I believe they see a kid who has great upside, and who has a true 12 to 6 curveball. He also doesn’t have a lot of mileage on his arm.
Stephen Keller Scouting Report
Link provides a video of Keller Astros workout last week.
Stephen Keller is one of the oldest players in the high school class this year, turning 20-years-old in November. He’s ranked as the 434th prospect in the draft by Baseball America.
Listed at 6′ 2″ and 210 lbs, he’s already got plenty of size to work with as a pitcher. He’s throwing in the low 90’s at this point and shows a curveball that flashes itself as an above-average offering already in the mid 70’s.